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Advances in Artificial Intelligence enable machines to execute tasks and solve problems normally attributed to humans. They perform better over time by continuously learning from experience and are already outsmarting us in numerous job functions.



Next Generation Robotics makes human-machine collaboration  a reality. Better and cheaper sensors enable robots to operate alongside people, moving them from production lines into our everyday lives in countless ways.


Machines that fly completely autonomously is the next phase for drone technology. This completely changes business models as we know them as it makes us capable of gathering vast amounts of data in the physical world from the sky.


BrainBotics teaming up with related bio-projects in the Baltics

Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics presented the RAHIP-project at an international seminar about bio-projects in the Baltic Region in Malmö, Sweden.

The seminar was arranged by Energikontoret Skåne as a part of the Greater BIO project. The goal of the Greater BIO project is to increase the collection and use of biomass, increase the production of biogas from biomass and promote biodiversity. For more information: https://kfsk.se/energikontoretskane/https://kfsk.se/biogassyd/var-verksamhet/greater-bio/

Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics presented the RAHIP-project, which is about automated collection of algae and seaweed using robot technology. The main advantages of our approach are:

  • An increase in the economic value of the biomass collected
  • A lowering of the required initial investment in machinery
  • A less invasive collection method, preserving beach areas better
  • Access to more restricted coastal zones and spaces
  • A lowering of operating costs due to our robot operating autonomously
  • A CO2 neutral alternative as our robot can be charged by renewable energy sources

In October, the platform will be tested in Skive Fjord in Northern Jutland, where the robot will be used to collect sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca). In October and November, the robot will be tested for collecting sea grass (Zostera marina) in Odsherred and Møn. The result of the test will data about how much biomass can be collected using robot technology, and how well it performs in operating environment for extended use of time.

At the seminar, Jens Almqvist from KRINOVA gave a presentation about the project CONTRA. The goal of CONTRA is to create sustainable business opportunities when it comes to beach wrack. For more information: https://www.krinova.se/projekt/contra-baltic-beach-wrack-conversion-of-a-nuisance-to-a-resource-and-asset/

Tyge Kjær from Roskilde University informed about the COASTAL Biogas project. The goal of this project is to remove nutrients from the Baltic Sea by digesting washed seaweed into biogas and then using the digestate as biofertilizer. For more information: https://www.coastal-biogas.eu/

RAHIP is supported by the EU project RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance), which is a funding scheme under the EU’s research program.

BrainBotics are using robot to harvest seaweed

Smelly piles of rotten seaweed and algae blooms are a growing problem in many parts of the world due to over-fertilization and climate change. New project will use robot technology to harvest and recycle the surplus of seaweed in a sustainable way.

In maritime environments with too much nitrogen and phosphorus, the extreme growth and surplus of seaweed and algae is a growing problem. All over the world, money is spent on collecting, handling and destroying the surplus of seaweed. However, seaweed has many useful properties and can be used as an energy source in biogas plants, as a fertilizer, for insulation and as a raw material in animal feed, in cosmetics or even as a healthy food for humans. Therefore, it makes good sense to collect and use it for something useful, and the global market value is estimated to be up to $ 10 billion. In addition, collecting seaweed can help reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus emitted in the oceans, and bring the marine environment into balance.

Over the next six months, the Dutch company RanMarine and Danish startup BrainBotics will collaborate on collecting seaweed along the Danish coastlines using the innovative drone WasteShark from RanMarine, which is a small autonomous vessel for waste collection in maritime environments.

Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics says “Surplus of seaweed and algae is a growing problem, but it is also a resource that we do not utilize. In recent years, robot technology has moved from being focused on industrial manufacturing, to being used as tool in solving a number of environmental problems. With this project, we want to show that technology can be used to remove and recycle surplus of seaweed in a sustainable way”

The initiative is supported by the EU project RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance), which is a funding scheme under the EU’s research program.

Talk at Employment and Integration Administration in Copenhagen Municipality

Employees in the Employment and Integration Administration became more aware of digitisation and robot technology when robot and machine learning expert Søren Tranberg Hansen gave a presentation at Jobcenter Copenhagen. Søren brought the robot Pepper to demonstrate the limitations of the robots: Pepper can find answers to what he’s coded for, but if you ask him a question he’s not prepared for, you won’t get a word out of him. So the reality is far from the horror scenario that we know from the Terminator😊 The job centre already has good experience in the use of robotics. It’s not a physical robot like Pepper, though. Because in the autumn, the job centre was given ASTA, a programme that can quickly find relevant information in a case. This means that in the long term the job consultants can spend more time on the citizen and less time on the preparation. ASTA is only one initiative out of many in an ambitious digitisation strategy that will be implemented in management in the coming years.

Year One Demonstration

Polaris’ can now guide a user to an optional conference room. The guidance is similar to how it would lead a traveller from one place in an airport to another.

Polaris can now:

  • Balance while waiting for instructions from a user.
  • Present the user with an interface, from where different POIs (from the MapsIndoors CMS) are found.
  • Pictures, text, and location of each PIO can be seen, and when a POI is chosen, the user can ask to be guided to that POI.
  • The user is then presented with an estimate of the time it will take to go there, and so the journey begins, and the user can follow Polaris to the conference room.
  • During this ‘journey’ the user can stop and start Polaris, and when arriving at the destination, the user is told so.
  • Also a new conference room can be added to the MapsIndoors CMS, and shortly hereafter it will appear on the Polaris interface, where it can be selected as a new destination, and a new journey can begin.
The Polaris Robot

Robot Union – The European Robotics Acceleration program

2nd Open Call – 11 February – 30 April 2019

RobotUnion will select 20 startups that will be financed with up to €223,000 in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected will receive €3,800 each equity free in cash and mentoring services in the first 2-month Feasibility Plan stage. The 10 best of these startups will enter in the product acceleration program and will receive up to €120,000. 8 Startups selected from the previous phase will enter the intensive 4-month Business Acceleration program which will finish with a selection of the 4 best startups which will receive up to €100,000 in the final Investment phase. In total, Startups can receive up to €223,000 in cash plus services.

The four best startups will also have the possibility to be privately funded with around €1M with the help of BlumorphoOdense Seed and Venture and Chrysalix that are part of RobotUnion consortium.

Selected companies would be able to participate in a 16 months online Premium Acceleration Service, led by top Research and Technology Organizations from all over Europe, key world-class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.

Robots at the Danish Chamber of Commerce

The Danish Chamber of Commerce is the network for Trade, IT, Industry and Service in Denmark.

On October 3 2018, the Danish Chamber of Commerce opened the doors to Advisor Day 18, which focused on the future labor market and skills. In focus among other things, was n what new technologies mean for the Danish and international labor market and delve into some of the trends in the advisory industry that we are currently witnessing.

Søren Tranberg gave a tech talk on what robotics will impact advisor business.

Robots and AI in the maritime sector

Søren Tranberg is keynote at MSSM18 organized by the Maritime Development Center

MSSM is an annual conference where the maritime industry meets on safety, health and environment. The Blue Denmark can experience lectures, workshops and presentations. The conference is a great opportunity to meet colleagues across organizations and expand their network in the industry.

The conference’s goal is to gather shipping companies, authorities, research, companies and maritime schools working with the working environment, safety, health, well-being, cooperation, management and the environment at the office and at sea.

You can find lots of inspiration – also at the conference industry exhibition. Here, Blue Denmark shows some of the results that help ensure that the industry can maintain its high level of safety and a good working environment – even in the future.


Apply to Robot Union and get up to €223K equity free

In the next three years, Robot Union will select 40 start-ups that will develop projects, in the field of robotics, which are linked to the manufacturing, agri-food, health and civil infrastructure industries.

There is a clear need to stimulate European start-ups and SMEs in the robotics sector to develop novel and innovative technology with the potential to open new markets at the international level. The aim of the Robot Union acceleration program is to discover, support and fund innovative projects in the robotics industry.

Robot Union will address the two major barriers that hinder the development and market uptake of robotics technologies for entrepreneurs and start-ups: the elevated setup costs and the lack of awareness of potential benefits of robotics.


First Robot Prototype

The use of robots in digital signage is on the verge of a major breakthrough, as robots can move physically and thereby improve communication and interaction significantly compared to stationary digital terminals. However, existing robot platforms are still difficult for most programmers to use, not suited for human-robot interaction or simply too expensive. This project will revolutionise the market for digital signage by developing a high-quality robot platform featuring state-of-the-art robot navigation algorithms that are easy to use for app programmers everywhere. This will make it fast for non-robot developers to create and maintain new robot applications, which can be used for interactive digital signage, as a tool for wayfinding, information, entertainment and advertising within retail, transport and healthcare. The robot will tap into the market for service robots which is expected to reach USD 23.90 Billion by 2022, at an annual growth rate of 15.18%.

Autonomous Robots Will Show the Way

In the future, passengers and staff at airports, hospitals and other logistics hotspots around the world will receive a helping hand from an entire army of autonomous robots which will increase the service level, people flow and safety.

Together we partners, we have successfully received 2 millions dollars in funding from the Danish Innovation Fund.

Today, there are a few thousand robot engineers worldwide, while there are millions of app developers. We allow our robot prototype to let the app developers get to the dish so that it’s just as easy to develop services that work through robots as it’s currently building apps

The current robot prototype is built as an autonomous robot balancing on a ball. The body is one and a half feet high and the head consists of a tablet computer. Interaction with users will work like other digital assistants like Apple Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

How AI and automation will impact jobs, skills, and wages

McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation, assesses the number and types of jobs that might be created through 2030 and compares that to the jobs that could be lost to automation.

The key finding is that while there may be enough work to maintain full employment to 2030 under most scenarios, the transitions will be very challenging—matching or even exceeding the scale of shifts out of agriculture and manufacturing we have seen in the past.

About 60 percent of occupations, at least one-third of the constituent activities could be automated, implying substantial workplace transformations and changes for all workers.

See more at the McKinsey website

BrainBotics at WHINN 2017

WHINN is one week with conferences, side events, exhibition, matchmaking and networking activities – all within health and innovation.

At WHINN, you will gain new knowledge, inspiration and insight in the newest research and international trends. Several conferences, events and initiatives are part of WHINN. The result is unexpected encounters and new contacts, which could be the beginning of new business, new collaborations and new opportunities.

Be inspired by new perspectives: WHINN creates meetings between CEOs and end-users and between clinicians as well as decision makers.



Lethal autonomous weapons – BrainBotics has co-signed Open Letter to the United Nations

Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.

See open letter


Meet Pepper at TechBBQ 2017

TechBBQ 2017 is setting the bar higher than before: With 2 days, 3,500 participants, 3 stages, and 21 corners, Denmark’s first, oldest and largest tech and innovation summit embraces a wide range of stakeholders from the Danish and international tech startup scene.

Whether it’s creating or enhancing opportunities within the tech startup and scaleup environment, this event may just be for you. TechBBQ is not only a summit but a unique opportunity to experience tomorrow’s technologies while having the chance to connect with your future customer, colleague, boss, investor or co-founder.

On both days, Øksnehallen’s 5000 m2 will be packed with innovative minds and well-known startup, scaleup icons and well known VCs from all over Europe. There will also be well known business angels looking to make new investments in startups. Not to mention tech talents curious about exciting job opportunities.

A future that works: The impact of automation in Denmark

Advances in technology suggest the world of work is on the brink of a new automation age, in which machines, robots and artificial intelligence graduate from routine tasks on the factory floor to activities across industries, skill sets and pay scales. Based on groundbreaking McKinsey research, this report shows that a staggering 40 percent of Danish working hours could be automated by current technologies.

Get the report here

BrainBotics supporting Aarhus Municipality at KL’s political summit

“The future belongs to those who know how to take advantage of data” was the vision of KL’s Political Summit in Aalborg.

Participants in KL’s Municipal Political Summit in Aalborg got a powerful shot of visions when Alec Ross, technology policy expert, former Innovation Council provides for Hillary Clinton summarized the book ‘The Industries of the Future’. Alec Ross gave substantial input on the role of technology in the welfare state .

BrainBotics supported Aarhus Municipality’s robot on stage during the talk and at the booth on the conference. 


Automation, employment, and productivity

A new analysis form McKinsey is an in-depth study on the effects of increased automation:

Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are ushering in a new age of automation, as machines match or outperform human performance in a range of work activities, including ones requiring cognitive capabilities. In this report, part of our ongoing research into the future of work, we analyze the automation potential of the global economy, the factors that will determine the pace and extent of workplace adoption, and the economic impact associated with its potential.

Get the full report here

Pepper Robot for retail

BrainBotics is now certified partner of SoftBank Robotics

Humanoid robots play a key role in the digital transformation for all customer facing industries. The humanoid robot Pepper by SoftBank Robotics is state-of-the-art and can be used for:

  • Welcoming – Greeting people passing by in shops and at conferences
  • Assistance – Help in sales and being a useful colleague
  • Recommendations – Tell about new and important products and services
  • Entertainment – Amuse customers while waiting in line by dancing, joking, giggling and animating people
  • Feedback – Get customer feedback and collect loyalty members
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Kickstarting 2017 with a City Mayor, a Rock Band and a Robot

Aarhus will be European Capital of Culture in 2017 with the overall theme Rethink. As a testimonial of that, Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard greeted the guests welcome at the annual business event at Aarhus City Hall together with the robot Pepper.

At the event, it was highlighted how Aarhus continuously will work with a stronger international profile, a climate plan and how to develop and attract talent and employees.

The event was kicked off with the cool young rock band Velvet Volume. Nice way to start 2017!

A trip into the future with Pepper

Friday the 9th of December, the Danish high school Alssundgymnasiet took a trip into the future. The regular schedule was cleared and replaced by workshops and lectures on artificial intelligence and robotics.

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The Pepper robot take center stage

Pepper was the center of attention at the event Local Rock Stars in Aarhus. This one-day conference, is a partnership between companied in and around Aarhus. The purpose is to share knowledge and insights with it-professionals and students. Søren Tranberg Hansen from BrainBotics made the final keynote about robotics and AI at the event.


BrainBotics at Smart City Expo in Barcelona

BrainBotics participates with the robot Norma at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. On behalf of Aarhus Municipality, BrainBotics have been invited to program their robot to welcome people at the pavilion and to show case some of the many Danish Smart City solutions.

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BrainBotics at Industry 4.0 conference

organised by Innovation Centre Denmark, Ministry for Science and Higher Education and Invest in Denmark.

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